There’s not much more exciting then stepping out of the Port Authority in NYC on the evening of a concert. There’s always a buzz going around in Times Square but when you’re going to see a concert it’s more apparent, at least for the group your with. Walking up 42nd street I passed an eclectic array of people. Wide eyed tourists taking in the sounds and sights, young urban kids hanging out laughing or heading to the movies, NYC residents trying to get home through the crowds, street vendors trying to coax the tourists to sit for a portrait or take a tour, police personel keeping a keen watch over the scene. I waded through the crowds until I finally came across a group of middle aged folks wearing jeans, band shirts and smoking butts while talking about rock ‘n roll, heavy metal bands and concerts. I knew I was where I needed to be.
I’m at B.B. Kings on a late summer Friday night to Photograph Saxon and write a review of the show. It’s a different venue in that it’s a restaurant that turns into a concert venue. Great for Jazz and Blues but a full blown British Metal band? We are about to find out. When I reach the front stage I notice that their is no photo pit. I speak to a sound tech on the side of the stage and sure enough there’s no pit to provide cover for me or my gear. I head over to the center stage sound board and speak with a cool bloke named Ben who was the soundtech for Fozzy, the opening act. He let me hang next to him in the enclosed area with a clear view of the stage and a great place to hear the show. Thanks again Ben for the hookup!
More on the review later, how about some images?
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